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Cammell Laird Pledge in Labour Manifesto

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New hope for shipyard workers’ fight for justice.

Labour has pledged to help the Cammell Laird strikers in their quest for the truth.

A promise to release previously hidden documents was included in the party’s manifesto, following a long-running GMB campaign.

In total, 37 Cammell Laird shipyard workers were caged in 1984 after taking official strike action over job losses.

They were thrown in a high security category A jail - normally reserved for violent criminals and murderers - for 30 days and were then sacked, losing all their redundancy payments and pension rights.

Official documents relating to the severity of their sentenced have disappeared and despite the European Parliament backing their case in 2014 – the Government has remained silent.

Eddie Marnell, GMB Central Executive Council member and one of the Cammell Laird strikers, said:

"After years of struggling to have our voices heard, this pledge from the Labour Party is more than welcome.

"It shows a genuine commitment to getting us closer to justice for the 37 Cammell Laird Shipyard workers."

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

"Our long fought for campaign to put right the historic injustice suffered by these Cammell Laird workers is another step along the way.

“This follows several questions raised by Labour MPs as to why this Government refuses to release the official papers which would show why and who took the decision to lock up striking workers in a Category A prison, for 30 days.

“We welcome this promise for truth from Labour and challenge all other political parties to do the same."


Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at

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